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What advantage does the tech package offer?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by LeeMiller, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. LeeMiller

    LeeMiller New Member

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    what are all the various advantages of the tech package?
     
  2. liuping

    liuping Active Member

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    Onboard maps and navigation for North America with free updates for 7 years

    Daytime LED running lights

    LED cornering lights

    Automatic keyless entry

    Lighted door handles

    Electrochromatic mirrors

    Power folding, heated side mirrors

    Power lifgate

    GPS enabled Homelink

    Memory seats, mirrors and drive profile

    :)
     
  3. karmamule

    karmamule Member

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    And if you want the Smart Air Suspension or Parking Sensors options you have to get the Tech Package.
     
  4. iffatall

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    Just wondering - has the navigation map data ever been updated yet? Do we know for certain?
     
  5. nrcooled

    nrcooled P#8946 VIN 03225

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    I can't say for certain if/when they were updated but there was a highway interchange that was opened a few months back. Initially the nav was confused about where I was and what I was doing but now it routes me properly through the interchange.

    My .02

    As for the tech package, I opted for it primarily for the nav. Having the maps/traffic data/cell service has been a great thing. I live in one of the worst areas for traffic congestion (Northern Virginia/DC Metro) and being able to check the traffic via the maps is awesome. Not to mention that I use it atleast twice a day.
     
  6. LeeMiller

    LeeMiller New Member

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    Motor wise does it have more power?




     
  7. ltreasure

    ltreasure Member

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    No, if you need more power you need to head for the performance option
     
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    base car comes with tracking and location maps and traffic. $3750 gets u turn-by-turn voice activated route nav.
     
  9. iffatall

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    That makes it certain enough for me. Anyway, I would get the Tech Package without any hesitation even if they didn't say it included Nav-Map data updates.
     
  10. golfski

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    Even without the tech-package, you still have maps and traffic with GPS plotting of your current position. What you don't have is the turn-by-turn directions and the ability to get directions to things. You essentially have google-maps with your current location plotted on the screen.
     
  11. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    A partial answer to your question:
    To my knowledge there has been no formally announced "navigation map data update" in any version of the firmware since I took delivery in November 2012.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Note that when you go out of 3G coverage areas it's a bit more complicated.
     
  12. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Just having the Nav system on the dash, where its easily visible, is enough to justify the tech package. The main google map is likely to be at the wrong zoom level anyway. And if you're out of 3G range (many places in Kansas), the Nav system still operates.
     
  13. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    The cornering lights are pretty handy too when you're coming home from bowling league at night and have to avoid Possums. Plus the woman that gives the voice commands seems to really like me. :smile:
     
  14. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Maybe you're cornering lights are different than mine, but mine are pretty much useless. I have the Nav Lady's sound off--there's too many times when I don't want to go the using the suggested route. I sure hope routing options come soon.
     
  15. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    ^^^Yes. I've had to turn her off quite a few times when she gets all panicked about me taking a different (re: correct) route. Routing options are definitely needed. One of the worst in my neck of the woods is the route she gives the Rangers. It's a godawful tangle of county roads that takes forever and almost always gets them lost and is somewhat dangerous pulling a trailer. I always tell them to use my emailed directions but some of them are young and figure "she" knows better.
     
  16. ken830

    ken830 Model S (Res#P12,447)

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    If you have multiple drivers that are of significantly different heights/build, then the driver profiles is a big selling-point for the tech package.
     
  17. wycolo

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    NONE. Avoid like the plague. :wink:
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  18. kjl

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    Yeah, they light up nothing, and they turn on after I've already committed to turning.
     
  19. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I wish they would have looked at this video which shows it done right. No car I've had since has had better lights.
     
  20. tga

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    For a while now, I've been convinced that all GPS/Nav systems only give you a "pretty good" route, but not necessarily the optimal one, since finding th optimal route is pretty computationally intensive.

    If I had paid more attention in Computational Theory classes way back when, I might even go so far as to suggest it's NP-hard, or NP-complete. But then I've mostly forgotten what those mean...
     

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